Fight Back with a Talcum Powder Lawsuit
Recent courtroom judgements have affirmed plaintiff allegations against Johnson & Johnson, awarding millions in damages to ovarian cancer victims. Many more plaintiffs await trial, as the talcum powder lawsuit grows rapidly. Our San Diego, CA, product liability lawyers are currently taking on these cases. We are aggressive advocates for victims and bereaved families, dedicated to protecting innocent victims of corporate negligence.
If you used talcum powder for feminine hygiene and developed ovarian cancer, you may be entitled to significant compensation. Please contact our office today to schedule a free consultation. We accept cases on a contingency basis, meaning we charge no up-front fees for our legal services.
Talcum Powder and Ovarian Cancer
Johnson & Johnson faces hundreds of lawsuits from women who used baby powder and Shower to Shower powder, both of which contain talc. The products have long been promoted to women for feminine hygiene purposes as an optimal way to keep dry and odor-free. Many women made talcum powder part of their daily routine, and used it for years or even decades.
A letter from a former Johnson & Johnson consultant, which warned the company not to ignore scientific studies indicating potential danger to women, helped sway a jury in a talcum powder lawsuit.
Scientists have published the results of several studies suggesting links between talc, a mineral mined in China, and ovarian cancer. Research has found that talc can migrate into the vaginal canal and through the fallopian tubes, the same route that allows sperm to reach the ovaries. Particles may be introduced into the vagina on condoms, diaphragms, and tampons. Talc has been reportedly found in pelvic lymph nodes and in ovarian tumor tissue.
Dr. Daniel Cramer of Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital said he was among a group of researchers who associated a 92 percent increased risk of ovarian cancer with talcum powder use in the genital area. He said he shared the results with Johnson & Johnson in the early 1980s, but the company chose to ignore this information. No warnings were ever provided to consumers. Since the U.S. Food & Drug Administration does not approve or oversee products like talcum powder, the government agency could not intervene.
Dr. Cramer estimates 10,000 women a year may develop ovarian cancer resulting, at least in part, from exposure to talc. Ovarian cancer is generally rare, but is particularly difficult to treat. It is the fifth leading cause of deaths from cancer in American women.
Talcum Powder Lawsuits
In February, 2016, $75 million in wrongful death damages was awarded to the family of an Alabama woman who died of ovarian cancer at the age of 52. She had used baby powder and another talc-based feminine hygiene product for over 35 years. The jury was swayed, in part, by a 1997 letter from a former Johnson & Johnson consultant, which warned the company not to ignore scientific studies indicating potential danger to women.
In May, a South Dakota woman was awarded $55 million in compensation for her ovarian cancer. Both plaintiffs were among 65 women who filed suit in Missouri. There are currently more than 1,000 cases filed against Johnson & Johnson and other talcum powder manufacturers.
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